Chin Augmentation (Implants)

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Bone structure is essential to an important part of an attractive, balanced face. Chin implants can improve this underlying structure, and better balance the facial features for a dramatically more attractive look. This operation is often performed at the time of rhinoplasty to help to balance the facial proportions. It may be combined with facelift, liposuction, or cheek implants as well.

Chin implants or Chinplants are made in various shapes and sizes. They are made out of both solid and semi-solid materials that have been used successfully for years. Although the results can be dramatic, the implants look very natural. Many people have reported that after their chin implant surgery, people tell them that they look better, but they can't tell exactly why.

If you're considering a chin augmentation surgery, the following information will provide you with a good introduction to the procedure. For more detailed information about how this procedure may help you, we recommend that you consult a facial surgeon who is board certified or has completed a residency program that includes instruction in this procedure.


* The National Average cost for Chin Augmentation procedure in 2010 was $2,239.

* In 2010 86,6% of the total of people who went through Chin Augmentation surgery is female, and only 13.4% is male.

Genioplasty is the medical term used to describe Chin Augmentation procedure.





  1. What are some of the most common benefits of this surgery?
  2. How is a chin augmentation performed?
  3. How long does the surgery take?
  4. Will I need to stay in a hospital?
  5. How much pain is there?
  6. What can I expect after surgery?
  7. What is the recovery period like?
  8. What is the long-term outcome like for most people?
  9. Ideal candidate:
  10. Other Important Information:
  11. Risks


What are some of the most common benefits of chin augmentation surgery?

Chin implants may augment the jaw to correct problems with weak chins, sagging skin in the chin area, and improve the shape and balance of the face.

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How is a chin augmentation performed?

Most often, an incision is made inside the lower lip, or under the chin. An implant of the desired size and shape is then placed inside the chin. If the incision is inside the mouth, it is closed with sutures (stitches) that later dissolve. If the incision is under the chin, removable sutures are used. At the end of the surgery, the chin is often taped to minimize swelling.

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How long does the surgery take?

The procedure generally takes between 30 and 60 minutes.

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Will I need to stay in a hospital?

If you have no medical problems,  the procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis, either in your doctor's office or in an outpatient clinic. It may be performed under local anesthesia with light sedation, local anesthesia and deep sedation, or general anesthesia. The longer the procedure is expected to take, the more likely that general anesthesia will be recommended. You may be allowed to return home within a few hours of the surgery, and spend the night in the comfort of your own home.

If you're having other concurrent procedures, or a lengthier procedure performed under general anesthesia, it may be necessary to spend the night in the hospital so that your recovery process can be monitored by a medical staff.

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How much pain is there?

Local anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation ia generally used to ease discomfort during the surgery. Most people report no discomfort at all.

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What can I expect after surgery?

Some swelling and perhaps bruising can occur, but this will be helped by an application of tape or other material. This tape is removed about a week after the surgery is performed. Pain and discomfort last for several days following the procedure, but this can be eased by an oral pain medication. Some facial movements, such as talking and smiling, may be difficult for several days following the surgery. It is important that you follow all of your doctor's instructions to minimize risks, and help speed your recovery.

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What is the recovery period like?

If sutures (stitches) are used, they will be removed within a week of the surgery. Most people return to work within a week following the surgery. At first, you should avoid strenuous activities, but exercise can be resumed in about two weeks. If incisions are made inside the mouth, you may be placed on a liquid diet for several days until there is adequate healing to allow for chewing and food particles to come in contact with the stitches.

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What is the long-term outcome like for most people?

The surgery has a high rate of satisfaction. The scar is generally not noticeable, and problems related to unevenness are relatively uncommon.

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Ideal candidate:

In general, the best candidates for chin augmentation are:

  • In good physical health
  • Psychologically stable
  • Informed about limitations
  • Free of known allergies to the implant material
  • Realistic in their expectations for the outcome

The above is only a partial list of the criteria that your surgeon will consider in determining whether or not this procedure is appropriate for you. Be sure to ask your surgeon if he / she considers you an ideal candidate for chin implants.

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Other Important Information:

Sometimes chin augmentation is performed in conjunction with other procedures, particularly cheek implants, lip augmentation, and rhinoplasty.

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Chin Augmentation Risks:

Significant complications from chin implants are infrequent. As with any surgical procedure, however, there is always a possibility of infection, or reaction to the anesthesia.

When infection does occur it is generally treated with antibiotics, but in some cases the implant must be removed and later replaced. Another risk is improper placement. In some cases, implants shift so that a second operation is necessary for repositioning.

Pre-existing conditions can also put you at risk. You can help minimize certain risks by following the advice and instructions of your doctor, both before and after your chin implant surgery.

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The information on this web site is only intended as an introduction to this procedure and should not be used to determine whether you will have the procedure performed nor as a guarantee of the result. The best method of determining your options is to consult qualified surgeons who are able to answer specific questions related to your situation.

*Disclaimer: Costs source: American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), nationally in 2010. Most surgeons offer convenient payments plans for this procedure. Cost does not include anesthesia, operating room facility, hospital stay, and other related expenses. Costs may vary depending the extensiveness of the procedure, location, and other factors. Costs are provided solely for research purposes. For specific estimates, please contact a qualified plastic surgeon. 

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